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Cancer Confirmed, Prayer Warriors Unleashed

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#BenBrave finds a jungle gym at our local dairy store.  "It's a Wilms' tumor," said my son. "And OU Children's Medical Center has one of The. Leading. Experts. on Wilms' tumor. Once again, God provides and amazes us all. You may read about Wilms' tumors on the American Cancer Society website. Surgery is scheduled and my son said, "unleash the prayer warriors". Prayer Warriors Unleashed What would we do without prayer warriors?  To me a prayer warrior is someone who has a personal relationships with Jesus Christ, believes in the Triune God, and you may ask to pray for you And. They. Will!  Their belief is critical to this definition because it unites our faith in prayer. What's the point in praying to a god you do not believe in? I don't want to disparage other believers in other faiths, but there is power in unity and I personally qualify my prayer warriors to tap into that unified focus of faith. I don't know a lot o

You‘ve Got Cancer

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Hope in Scripture is not wishful thinking. Hope is guaranteed delivery. But you have to believe it. Draw on it. Count on it like you do the money in your bank account. It is there for the usage. Makes me think of the movie "You've Got Mail" but it isn't cute, is it? Just remembering that fateful day in February 2019 starts the flow of tears down my face. My son called from the parking lot. "Mom," he says, "as the technician performed the ultrasound I saw this blackness." At that moment he knew his 20-month-old son had cancer. He told me the technician's eyes filled with tears. So, he asked about what she saw and she was quick to apologize for her "lack of professionalism." She said, "You see, I lost my mother to cancer just last week." What is a father to do? Well, first. He cries his heart out. The lamentation from my son was gut-wrenchingly heart-breaking. We cried together on the phone while I liste

Do-overs! Love 'em!

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Flawed but finished. The original is much prettier, but I'm a beginner in following knitting directions. I sense a do-over coming! You know that crochet and knit project? Well, I've done both off and on throughout my life. This traveling afghan project, however, is teaching me so-o-o-o very much. I've completed all the squares provided thus far. The crochet pieces (3 of them thus far) are completed and look really good. I breezed through those. But then the knitting has a very different story to tell. I lost count of how many times I had to start square 2 over again. I know it was at least 10 times I yanked out every stitch. However, at this point, there are only two squares to complete and, they are done , but square 2 was really hard for me. I am grateful the decision to do it over is totally up to me. But I kinda like my flawed effort. The perfectionist in me whispers and nags me "Re-do it! Re-do it!". But the realist in me says "keep i

Watch Out, World5: Abundance Defined

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For me, anyway, just what does "abundance" look like? At least 10% (tithe) of my gross to my church. Contribute at least 10% or more into savings. Pay my bills immediately upon receipt. Simple, right? WRONG! Realization: I've just committed 20% of my income ... wait! Uncle Sam gets 20-30% of my income so now I'm expected to budget my living expenses (including my MORTGAGE) off of half my gross income!?!?! Can that be right? Right! Prepare to be amazed. I remember reading Matthew 5-7 often referred to as the "Sermon on the Mount." In the heart of this sermon (Matt. 6:19-24) is the following words: 19  “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,  where moths and vermin destroy,  and where thieves break in and steal.   20  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven,  where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.   21  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 22  “The

Watch Out, World4: My Revelation

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This exercise peels your "why" down to the very center. Heart issues are tough to diagnose. I'd like to take a little sidebar moment here to look at the underlying "why" of our predicament. I read about a great exercise, recently, to help a person discover their deepest motivation behind a habit, a new commitment, or just about any endeavor. It's quite simple. You answer the question: "I would like to do _________ because _________." Then take your "because" blank move it to the "do" blank and answer that over and over again. So, to example this I will use my heart issue: I would like to be debt free  because I'm tired of watching the bills get bigger. I am tired of watching the bills get bigger because I can't save any money. I can't save any money  because I keep spending everything I earn. I keep spending everything I earn  because I want more than I need. I want more than I need  because I want

Way behind - but better late than never?

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NOTE: I labeled these so I would know  my original intent. I hope that doesn't express doubt for even getting started! I just wonder how many times we've all reenergized and re-upped at the beginning of a year? Well, I'm guilty of another start up. Today, I started a new project: The Traveling Afghan. I love to crochet and to knit. And my favorite resource for yarns and patterns in LionBrands.com. They came out with this Traveling Afghan project. Someone organized 49 designers all over the world to create a 10"x10" square, add it to the afghan, and ship it on to the next designer. When finished we will have a nice afghan. I couldn't resist. Every two weeks I can finish a 10x10 square, right? So next there was the kit: Crochet? Knit? OK. I crochet just fine. Easy, right? But knitting? This offers an intermediate skill level for both so I decided it is time to improve my knitting abilities. I GOT BOTH! THEN, what color. That was so hard but I

Watch Out, World3: I Need a Lifesaver

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My first step was to budget and follow our money in a way that made sense to us. I talked to many folks about how they managed their finances. Including my parents who lived debt-free their entire life with one tiny exception: the occasional XX-days-same-as-cash and their mortgage. Now, they had six children. Took us on family vacations. Put all of us through additional education after our high school graduations. And retired quite comfortably. I wanted that legacy to continue. So, what budget tool would work for me? We had to diminish our debt so we tackled it by adapting our own methods. Debt Reduction Ain't Easy It took two tries at debt-consolidation to realize that was not the answer. In both cases we ended up with the loan to consolidate and added more debt onto our credit cards. No reduction happening, yet. Plus, I had an impulse buy issue.  You know those handy-dandy items located by the checkout lanes? Those were made for me. I would stand there and